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PNG Parliament recalled to deliberate on COVID-19 State of Emergency

Papua New Guineans will know tomorrow whether or not the Government will extend the 14-day State of Emergency.

The National Parliament has been recalled to sit tomorrow at 2 pm to decide if it is necessary to extend the two weeks lock-down which ends this weekend.

Prime Minister, James Marape said other issues to be discussed tomorrow, will include the proposed Emergency General Provisions Bill 2020 and the proposed Emergency Defence Force COVID-19 Bill 2020.

Mr. Marape said the Bills, when enacted will give legal effect to the State of Emergency Regulations, the appointment of the Police Commissioner as the Controller, and the use of the Defence Force call-out to assist the SOE Controller during the SOE period.

Parliament is also expected to endorse a stimulus package to cushion the country's economy during this crucial time.

"As most of you would have known by now, the State of Emergency that we have been proposing is not necessary SOE that is meant for almost every other needs in our country.

"It's more specifically geared towards ensuring that in the 14- days period we map out exactly where is the presence of Coronavirus in our country if there is any presence and for us to ensure we put in mitigation strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure we eliminate the presence of the virus in PNG," Marape explains.

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